HUNTER VALLEY

The Hunter Valley is one of the oldest wine regions in Australia. Enjoy fantastic day tours from Sydney with a delicious lunch and discover some of the smaller cellar doors and their great personal service.

10 hrs

From
$175.00 AUD

The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine growing region and only a short two hour drive from Sydney. With over 100 wineries to choose from there is something to suit everyone. Why not experience the Hunter Valley region yourself through our guided Wine and Cheese Tasting Day Tour?

Take in the beautiful rolling countryside as we travel around the lower Hunter Valley in the Pokolbin and Allandale areas.

A tasty Cafe lunch is included with hot or cold options.

Discover some genuine Hunter wines produced in small volumes that are often only available at the boutique cellar doors. Hear stories behind the wine making and influences on the variety of wine styles and flavours.

We do not visit the same wineries each day, and our small groups allow access to a great sample of local wines and produce in the Hunter Valley.

We are winners of the Hunter Valley tourism awards and been recognized at the state level.

If you have a group of friends, family or other small group, let us know and we can arrange an exclusive private charter to cater for all of your needs!

 

Activity Tours Australia has been sharing the delights of the Hunter Valley with visitors to Sydney for many years.

  • Complimentary pick ups from convenient City locations or many City hotels.
  • Cross the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and travel through the leafy green North Shore of Sydney.
  • We go direct to the Hunter Valley so if you want more time tasting great wine, food and cheese then this is the tour for you.
  • Wine tasting savouring up to 20 different wine styles from a range of excellent smaller boutique establishments.
  • Travel through beautiful countryside, rolling fields and Australian bush land – a very scenic tour.
  • Delicious cafe lunch is included for regular tour departures. Includes hot and cold choices of baguettes, salad, pies, fish, chicken, burgers, chips, with coffee, tea or soft drink (value over $20!). Vegetarian options also available.
  • Cross the scenic Hawkesbury River
  • Buy wines direct from the cellar door.
  • Cheese shop visit and free tasting
  • With our friendly, relaxed tours there’s the opportunity to meet fellow travellers from many different cultures and countries.
  • Travel through the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
  • Tour finishes back in Sydney around 6-6:30pm

We offer prearranged pick up from many city hotels or nearby locations. Your closest pickup location and time will be confirmed when booking.

Please wait outside your agreed pickup location around 10 minutes beforehand, and do not go to another location without prior confirmation of the change.

Receive $15 off for each person who books a second tour with us!
*Applies to direct online bookings only.
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The Hunter Region of Australia, or as its more commonly known the Hunter Valley, is a region of New South Wales beginning approximately 120 km north of Sydney, Australia. The lower Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s most famous wine growing regions, and is a major tourist destination in New South Wales. The Hunter Valley is the sixth most visited place in Australia attracting more than 2.5 million people each year.

The Hunter River and its tributaries occupy this valley south of the Mt. Royal Range. The land in the upper valley is used primarily for livestock grazing, dairying and agriculture. The lower valley is an important economic centre for coal mining and wineries primarily for export. One of the best ways to experience the Hunter Valley region is through our professionally guided Wine and Cheese Tasting Day Tour. 

Newcastle is a good place to base yourself for exploring the Hunter Region as well as the Coast.
Maitland has many interesting historical buildings built in Australia’s early Colonial Period, but also from the Georgian, Victorian and Federation days.

Cessnock is a great place to begin exploring the Hunter Region. The Cessnock Information Centre has plenty of information on what to do, where to go, best wineries to visit, great restaurants, Hunter Valley tours and plenty of choices for activities.
Singleton, in the centre of the Hunter Region and on the river, is home to many wineries including Australia’s oldest surviving winery. Singleton also has a Historical Museum as well as an Infantry Museum worth visiting, and the different wine tours are available take you to some very select wineries in the area.

Hunter Valley known around the world for its great wines, is quickly developing its name as a gourmet paradise also. Cafes and fine dining restaurants can be found throughout the valley. A number of the wineries themselves have award winning restaurants offering delicious fare and fine dining.

Located in the Hunter vineyards at the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges are the spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens. Spanning over 25 hectares, they contain sensational sights, colours and fragrances in the twelve stunning feature gardens. Each garden is an exciting journey through flowers, trees and shrubs with an air of discovery at every turn.

A low maintenance garden, with no obvious beginning or end, modeled on a 17th Century Endo period design. The Oriental Garden is a combination of Chinese, Korean and Japanese cultures. Bask in a lavish array of color and scent found in the Rose Garden, with more than eight thousand roses on display, laze above the 10 meter waterfall and take in the superb views from the lookout or step back in time with all your favourite fairytale characters in the Storybook Garden.

Interested in obtaining more information about some of the Hunter Region’s wineries? You can find more information about some of the Hunter Valley wineries in the section below.

 
Wineries of the Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine growing region and only a short 2 hour drive from Sydney or one hour from Newcastle. With over 100 wineries to choose from there is something to suit everyone. The Hunter Valley is renowned for its Semillon, which has been described as “Australia’s unique gift to the world”. There are also Shiraz, Chardonnays, Verdelhos and a host of other varieties. Why not experience the Hunter Valley region yourself through our guided Wine and Cheese Tasting Day Tour.

Here is a sample listing of wineries in the Hunter Valley. There are a great many more wineries and it is easy to explore the Hunter Valley to find your favourite.

Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard – First planted in 1866, this site is widely regarded at the first wine vineyard in the Pokolbin area. Boasting spectacular views across the Hunter Valley, the Vineyard’s reconstruction was completed in 1999. Wines are styled on tradition and enhanced by the characters of the Oakdale vineyards.

Bimbadgen Estate – Architecturally unique, Bimbadgen Estate has a modern cellar door and excellent restaurant. The bell tower at Bimbadgen Estate is something of a landmark in the Hunter region. Bimbadgen Estate has state of the art methods and produces traditional Hunter Valley wines such as Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernets.

Brokenwood Wines – Established in 1970, this famous winery has developed over the years and now produces multiple award winning Shiraz and Semillons.

Drayton’s Family Wines – A family-owned and run winery established 140 years ago. The winery is named Bellevue after its historic homestead, the winery also includes an outside barbecue area and a playground for children.

Ernest Hill Wines – A boutique winery that grows its grapes and names its wines after areas on the vineyard and members of the family. Production commenced making the Cyril Semillon and the Alexander Chardonnay in 2002, and added a verdelho, gewurztraminer and shiraz to the range in 2003. In the 2004 vintage a late picked Semillon was added and has also been expanded to include two Merlots a reserve Shiraz and a Moscato style dessert wine.

Iron Gate Estate – A boutique winery which exudes the ambience of southern Spain or Tuscany, and fascinating tours of the wine production facilities. The winery incorporates the latest technology in wine making and produces a mix of wines produced from grapes grown in its own vineyard and picked by hand including classic Hunter Semillon, Verdelho, Unwooded and Wooded Chardonnay, Shiraz AO and the sweet Shiraz.

McGuigan Cellars – McGuigan’s is the home of McGuigan Fine Wines, Hunter Valley Cheese Company and Chocolate and Fudge Shop. Part of the Hunter wine industry for over 50 years, McGuigans offers an extensive winery and cellar door.

McWilliams Mount Pleasant Estate – McWilliams is the largest wholly Australian owned family wine company in Australia. Mount Pleasant was founded in 1921 by Maurice O’Shea, who was regarded as one of the great winemakers of Australia. The winery has a tasting room, bar and lounge overlooking the vineyards. Elizabeth’s Cafe serves meals during the day.

Pepper Tree Wines – Nestled in the heart of wine country at the center of the Pepper Tree wine complex. One of the most awarded small wineries, the cellar door adjoins the winery and the beautiful grounds and gardens of Pepper Tree. Roberts Restaurant is also adjoins the Pepper Tree Winery.

Pokolbin Estate – One of the smallest old wineries in the Hunter, this estate has a tasting room in a 114-year-old sandstone cottage. As one of the smallest producers of hand made boutique wines all grown on the Pokolbin Estate vineyards, wines are not available in shops, restaurants or overseas.

Savannah Estate – produces wines from small select parcels of premium fruit that reflect the character of the region. Savannah is the granddaughter of the renowned Petersons Family and carries on the tradition with award winning sparkling wines and great varieties.
Roche Estate – The winery complex incorporates a state of the art boutique winery, world class Cellar Door and tasting rooms with a sophisticated Espresso Lounge. Over recent years the winery has played host to some of the world’s leading performing artists with spectacular outdoor concerts.

Tower Estate Wines – The Hunter Valley’s newest boutique winery. The philosophy of this winery is to product outstanding wines of classic style. Created by Len Evans, this winery produces Semillon, Verdelho, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wyndham Estate – Established in 1828 and is the only vineyard situated on the banks of the Hunter River. The winery boasts of limited release Show Reserve Wines and Bin Range Wines. Wyndham has a licensed restaurant open 12 noon to 3pm daily, and a barbecue area for visitors by the Hunter River. Wyndham Estate hosts popular events such as Seasonal Lunches, Opera in the Vineyards and Vintage Jazz Festival.

Please note, the wineries listed above are for informational purposes only, our day tours do not visit all of the wineries in the Hunter Valley. We also offer Private Charters which can be tailored to your particular requirements.

Hunter Valley FAQ's

Our tours are very flexible and we don’t visit the same wineries every day. Tasting opportunities will be provided at a selection of three of the following smaller boutique wineries on each tour, with other surprises thrown in on occasions.

  • Irongate Estate
  • Ernest Hill
  • Savannah Estate
  • Calais
  • Capercaillie
  • Tamburlaine
  • Wynwood Estate
  • Leogate Estate
  • Constable Estate
  • Allandale

 

Due to time and travel limitations, we cannot visit all of the wineries listed, but you will always be able to savour a wide variety of great Hunter Valley wines in friendly, personal surroundings. Alternate wineries can be arranged subject to availability when you are requesting your own private charter.

Great cafe lunch worth over $20.

Hot and cold food options. Make your choice on the day from the menu that includes different panini and salad, pies, fish, chicken, burgers, and chips.

Soft drink OR coffee/tea, plus water on table.

Yes, for Hunter Valley tours there options available for pickup along the Pacific Highway as we head north from the city. Please let us know where you will be staying so that we can confirm the most convenient pickup location and time.

Yes, but only if this is prearranged for a limited number of locations that are close to the areas that we will visit.

Cost is the regular tour price regardless of whether pick up is in Sydney or Hunter Valley because a seat needs to be reserved.

Unfortunately No, as this detour is too much for our regular tour.

We can provide details on request of a local Central Coast company that does daily tours to the Hunter Valley.

Our Hunter Valley wine tours usually run daily* all year round. Please note all tours are subject to availability and minimum number requirements; we recommend that you book well in advance to secure your place! We do not operate on Christmas Day (25 December) or New Year’s Day (1 January).

* Due to COVID-19 impacts, scheduled tour departures have been reduced. Please check online for available tours or contact us for alternatives.

Trip Advisor Reviews

  •   Went out to the blue mountains for a day trip. Scotty was our guide and kept it fun and entertaining from start to finish. Would go again!

    coreyr861
    3/12/2020

      Great day out with our tour guide scotty. He made the tour fun, easy and enjoyable. Great times had by everyone. The tour had an extra add on. It was... read more

    316kelliq
    3/11/2020
  •   My partner and I had a great time on this tour. We enjoyed all 3 wineries we visited, the hosts at the wineries were well prepared for our visit and... read more

    76dyanh
    3/05/2020

      Great trip! Saw many Roos, emu, wombats, birds including kookaburras! John was the perfect tour guide. A good lunch and dinner are included. Long day but passed quickly.

    Hockeybo
    2/28/2020
  •   The tour guide was great. He made the best of a bad weather day. Could not see past our noses at the blue mountains because of fog and drizzle. Make... read more

    MAP1223
    2/24/2020

      Great wine tour with Jim to Hunter Valley. Takes about 2.5 hours to get up there but Jim was full of useful information and the journey passed really quickly. Enjoyed... read more

    BasherWarwickshire
    2/19/2020
  •   We attended this tour in February 2020 and it was one of the highlights of our vacation. Instead of being brought to a tourist park or a zoo this tour... read more

    frygirl0607
    2/18/2020

      Great day tour to the Blue Mountains! Small group tour allowed for a flexible time schedule. Scott was well informed on the Blue Mountain and Sydney area. Wear comfortable shoes... read more

    chilow2020
    2/07/2020
  •   an awesome way to see the animals and things you won't experience in the city. Pick up and drop off points were limited so check into that. Our... read more

    pamr782
    2/03/2020

      Guide was great !! Friendly , informative and professional. Hit three wineries after a nice ride up from Sydney. Very pretty area , good wine , nice people. What more can you want

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    1/28/2020

Prices start at

$175.00 AUD

Tour Duration

10 hours

Group Sizes

20 people max

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